Jul 11, 2013 12:24 PM
This morning, an upset occurred at the Crowley water plant, operated by Louisiana Water Company, during work on a water well. Although officials do not believe that treated water quality was affected, a precautionary boil water advisory is being issued. Samples were immediately collected of the treated water and are being tested. Results of the tests should be known by Friday afternoon, at which time the boil water advisory will be lifted. Should the boil water advisory need to be extended, another advisory will be issued.
Under a boil-water advisory , the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that water be brought to a rolling for one minute before it is consumed in order to kill protozoa, bacteria and viruses.
According to LAWCO, at approximately 8:30 am on July 11, 2013 a contractor's hose that was discharging water from a water well split. Some of the water from this break ran across the ground and entered the water treatment plant building. Approximately 2" of water was discovered inside the building by LAWCO employees. Water on the floor of the room may have leaked downward into a treated water storage tank. Upon discovery of the standing water, the water well was turned off, and the water was immediately removed from the room by LAWCO employees. Samples of the treated water in the water storage tank show normal chlorine residual and pH. Officials are not certain that any of the well water entered the treated water tank. However, as a precaution, they are issuing a boil water advisory until the tests come back. Critical customers, such as day cares, Dialysis centers, hospitals and restaurants are being notified by telephone.